The U.S. can’t compete with the Chinese solar industr
The U.S. solar industry had a positive trade balance with China in 2010
While China is producing more solar cells and panels than the U.S., research showed that the U.S. solar industry had a positive trade balance with China in 2010. And if government policy were oriented to aiding solar production, the U.S. could compete more effectively.
A GTM Research study prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association in 2011 found that the U.S. had net exports of solar energy products of $1.9 billion in 2010, and net exports of $247 million to $540 million to China. While the U.S. had net imports of solar panels in 2010, it had net exports of polysilicon (the raw material used to create panels) and solar factory equipment:
And a 2011 Brookings report said, “Critical to China's success is its articulation of a comprehensive and long-term state clean energy build out policy that sends clear signals to investors. ... China has swiftly made itself a clean energy power, in large part by ensuring the availability of copious, affordable capital at a time it has been short in the United States.”